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1 REVELY, Henry Convoy that Nearly Died : The Story of ONS154. First Edition in dustjacket
William Kimber, London, 1979, ISBN:0718304063 
REVELY, Henry. The Convoy that Nearly Died : The Story of ONS154. London : William Kimber, 1979. First Edition. Pp. (10),[11]-222,(2), + 8 p. of plates. Illustrated with several diagrams. 8vo, blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Law 0272. "On 19th December 1942 outward bound convoy ONS 154 pushed westwards past Bloody Foreland and into the gale-lashed North Atlantic.The 45 ships, some carrying women and children, were escorted by the valia nt but inadequate Canadian Escort Group C.I. A week later, outside the limits of the UK-based aircraft patrol zone, the convoy entered the notorious Black Pit area where Wolf-Packs Spitz and Umgestum groups, consisting of 19 U-boats, had gathered to attack. In the early hours of 27th December four ships were torpedoed for the loss of one U-boat. Several hours later the fuelling ship Scottish Heather was torpedoed. She Survived. But the following day the surfaced U-boats succeeded in penetrating the convoy, and a furthernine ships were lost before the gallant Canadian escort could, once again, temporarily drive the attackers off. The last victim, on 30th December, wa s HMS Fidelity, the Special Duties ship with an extraordinary career - an equally extraordinary crew. Her captain was the redoubtable Captain 'Langlais', a Frenchman who had refused to surrender his ship to the Vichy Government and had offered her, together with her crew, to the British. And the first Gunnery Officer was the 'Buccaneer in Black Bloomers', Wren MademoiselleMadeleine Barclay, whose story is one of the many told in this vivid and w ell documented account." - from the dj. The book is dedicated to the officers and men of six Canadian corvettes: HMCS St Laurent, HMCS Battleford, HMCS Kenogami, HMCS Chilliwack, HMCS Napanee, and HMCS Shediac. Minor bumping to top edge, else very good in nicked dustjacket. 45.00

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